Filing a Wage and Hour Claim - Alabama

Does Alabama have state overtime laws that are different from federal law?

Alabama does not have overtime laws that are different from federal law. State law enforcement officers, however, can choose to receive overtime pay. Additional information on federal overtime law is available at http://www.workplacefairness.org/overtime.

Does Alabama have a minimum wage that is different from federal law?

The Alabama state minimum wage is $7.75 per hour, which is higher than the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.

Does Alabama have meal and rest break requirements, unlike federal law?

Alabama does not have any meal or rest break requirements.

How do I file a wage/hour or labor standards claim in Alabama?

You cannot file a wage/hour or labor standards claim in Alabama unless you have worked and not received your pay. Alabama does not enforce any wage and hour laws other than the state law pertaining to the payment of wages. The State of Alabama Department of Labor will investigate and attempt to collect on wage claims. Additional information on filing a federal claim is available at http://www.workplacefairness.org/complaintpay.

What are my time deadlines?

If you have a claim for unpaid wages, do not delay in contacting the Alabama Department of Labor. These are strict time limits in which wage claims must be filed. It is unclear what time limit applies in Alabama.

State Labor Agency

State of Alabama
Department of Labor
RSA Union, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 303500
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3500
Ph: 334-242-3460
web: www.alalabor.state.al.us/index.htm


This material was originally prepared by attorney Joseph Jaramillo and former law clerks Keia Cole and Adam Weiss of the law firm Goldstein, Demchak Baller Borgen and Dardarian, and was updated by Professor Douglas D. Scherer, of Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Professor Scherer also serves as the Vice President of Workplace Fairness.